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Four Decades of Mouton Rothschild

Mouton, the Flamboyant Pauillac

By Lucien Michel | February 22, 2019

Mouton is a wine that almost always impresses me with its power and opulence. In the glass, I am amazed by the hedonistic and tell-tale aromas of cassis, cedar, tea leaf and tobacco that always manage to seduce me with the refined but flamboyant mouthfeel and ethereal length. A profound wine with its own recognizable character and for me it does not get better! In the modern era, Mouton has achieved an enviable track record for consistency and in particular overachieving in so-called “lesser years” - the Mouton style shines through.

Below I have selected a collection of vintages, spanning four decades. Each highlight the style that I love so much, ranging from the monumental 1986 and 2005, to my personal favourites in the 2006 and 2012.

The label commissioned each year by a major artist of the time is yet another excuse to collect these unique bottles each year. These wines truly engage with almost all our senses and will excite any art enthusiast or bon-vivant. 

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2005
Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 1ST GROWTH
In Stock (8 Available) SEE MORE SIZES

Label artist: Giuseppe Penone

Representative blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

Annual production: 17,000 cases and 3,000 cases of the second wine, Petit Mouton. There is also a small amount of white produced: Aile d`Argent.

The only wine ever to have moved up the 1855 classification - from second to first growth in 1973 - `Mouton`, as it is universally known, is a profoundly unique wine in Bordeaux. While the vineyards lie adjacent to those of Lafite, the wine could scarcely be more different. Mouton has a unique nose of spice, cedarwood and cassis and always has greater weight than Lafite. Since the Second World War, Mouton`s singularity has only been enhanced by its artists labels - a different artist for each vintage. This makes it a particular favourite of collectors.

WINE
SPECTATOR
95
WINE
ADVOCATE
97

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2012
Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 1ST GROWTH
In Stock (18 Available) SEE MORE SIZES

Label artist: Miguel Barcelo

Representative blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

Annual production: 17,000 cases and 3,000 cases of the second wine, Petit Mouton. There is also a small amount of white produced: Aile d`Argent.

The only wine ever to have moved up the 1855 classification - from second to first growth in 1973 - `Mouton`, as it is universally known, is a profoundly unique wine in Bordeaux. While the vineyards lie adjacent to those of Lafite, the wine could scarcely be more different. Mouton has a unique nose of spice, cedarwood and cassis and always has greater weight than Lafite. Since the Second World War, Mouton`s singularity has only been enhanced by its artists labels - a different artist for each vintage. This makes it a particular favourite of collectors.

SOTHEBY'S
94-96
WINE
SPECTATOR
93-96
WINE
ADVOCATE
94

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1995
Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 1ST GROWTH
In Stock (3 Available)

Label artist: Antoni Tapies

Representative blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

Annual production: 17,000 cases and 3,000 cases of the second wine, Petit Mouton. There is also a small amount of white produced: Aile d`Argent.

The only wine ever to have moved up the 1855 classification - from second to first growth in 1973 - `Mouton`, as it is universally known, is a profoundly unique wine in Bordeaux. While the vineyards lie adjacent to those of Lafite, the wine could scarcely be more different. Mouton has a unique nose of spice, cedarwood and cassis and always has greater weight than Lafite. Since the Second World War, Mouton`s singularity has only been enhanced by its artists labels - a different artist for each vintage. This makes it a particular favourite of collectors.

SOTHEBY'S
93
WINE
SPECTATOR
94
WINE
ADVOCATE
95

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1999
Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 1ST GROWTH
In Stock (4 Available)

Label artist: Raymond Savignac

Serena Sutcliffe, MW: Lovely, warm, generous nose. Soft, spicy and so easy on the palate, with so much more fruit than most 1999s. This is made to be drunk from its tenth birthday. 01/07


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1996
Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 1ST GROWTH
LIMITED In Stock (1 Available) SEE MORE SIZES

Label artist: Gu Gan

WINE
SPECTATOR
96
WINE
ADVOCATE
94

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